Nyantakyi reveals almost going bankrupt after Wa All Stars played in Caf Champions League

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The Caf vice president has reiterated that it costs a lot of money for a club to participate in any of Africa’s international-club competitions

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has revealed that he his bank account nearly hit a zero figure following his club’s participation in the Caf Champions League in 2017.

After Wa All Stars won the Ghana Premier League in 2016, the Northern Blues toured the Middle East before participation in the Caf Champions League preliminary round.

Although, they lost both home and away fixtures to Libyan side Al Ittihad, Nyantakyi insists he almost went bankrupt after one trip to North Africa.

“Aduana Stars exit from Caf Champions League is a great concern,” Nyantakyi said when he met the press on Monday.

” Fortunately, I have a fair idea of what goes on in the rest of Africa. Why do the North African countries dominate the African Champions League? It’s because of money, they buy the best players even from West Africa.

“Clubs participating in African [clubs competition] is a very serious venture. I went through it once and I nearly got bankrupt [since] it’s very expensive. We’ve seen clubs participating and the following year they go to relegation like Ebusua Dwarfs and King Faisal.

He added: “When you go to T.P Mazembe it is like a United Nations’ team. At a time they were having 17 nationals (foreign players) and the Ghanaian players there were getting $8,000 while some were getting $10,000 and $12,000 a month. We’re not able to do that here and we’re not going to attract the best players. Our best players are even in Europe but this trend will not stop until we’re able to pay players and retain their services.”

Aduana will drop to the Caf Confederation Cup and will play in the final qualifying round in a bid to make it to the group stage.

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